9. The Order
Okay, The Order is not a classic PlayStation franchise by any stretch of the imagination; in fact, it isn’t even a franchise, as only one mediocre game has been released thus far. But even though that game — a third-person shooter released in early 2015 on the PS4 — has already been largely forgotten about, I think developer Ready at Dawn deserves another shot to get things right.
The Order: 1886 may have been a short, shallow experience with limited variation and far too many quick time events, but the cool Steampunk vision of Victorian England that Ready at Dawn created had a ton of potential and to this day, the game is still one of the most visually-impressive titles released for the PS4. Since The Order was released, Ready at Dawn has produced two virtual reality games, including the excellent Lone Echo, so perhaps a VR overhaul could help bring The Order back. As things stand, I think it would be a shame to abandon what could be a valuable PlayStation franchise after only one game, but time will tell if this one is ever revisited.
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8. Ape Escape
Though it never quite reached the same level of popularity as other PlayStation titles like Crash Bandicoot or Metal Gear Solid, the original Ape Escape was nonetheless an important game for Sony’s first home console. Released in 1999, Ape Escape was the first game that made the DualShock controller mandatory, as the game’s controls centered around the use of the controller’s twin analog sticks. That being said, Ape Escape was more than just a game with a control gimmick, being an entertaining platformer in its own right.
Unfortunately, the string of sequels never really matched the original game’s heights and it feels like the franchise has never truly hit its full potential, especially since the last few games have largely just been minigame collections or lackluster spinoffs. Sure, all you really did was run around and catch monkeys in a net, but Ape Escape kept things fresh by throwing a bunch of cool gadgets at you (rotating the right analog stick to use Spike’s propeller gadget blew my 10-year-old mind). Plus, you got to bash monkeys in the head with a weapon that looked like a lightsaber. Who wouldn’t want to do that?
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/ps2-classics-ape-escape-dark-chronicle-rated-for-p/1100-6430520/ Source: GameSpot